Ornamental Kale / Brassica oleracea

Brassica oleracea ‘Glamour Red’ – The first Ornamental Kale to win an AAS Award (in 2011), ‘Glamour Red’ has unusually glossy foliage of ruffled bluish-green that forms loose heads. These develop a bright purplish-pink center when night temperatures fall below 55F. Ornamental Kale is usually planted in autumn in coastal BC. Grows 6-12″ high by 12-15″. Cool season annual.

Brassica oleracea ‘Tokyo Pink’ – An Ornamental Cabbage with coarse bluish-green leaves that are attractively veined in white and form large rosettes – developing fuchsia pink centers as the night temperatures drop. These last until just after Christmas here in coastal BC and are often planted with Violas and Pansies around them. Grows 8-12″ high by 12-18″. Cool season annual.

Brassica oleracea ‘Tokyo White’ – The solid bluish-green leaves are heavily veined and eventually develop white to creamy-yellow centers on the loose heads. When buying plants with stalks, bury these down to the leaves so that the foliage is just above the soil line. Ornamental Kale looks great in clustered groupings with larger bedding displays. Grows 8-12″ high by 12-18″. Annual.

Brassica oleracea ‘Tokyo Red’ – This cultivar features coarse purplish-blue leaves (that are veined in pink) that form loosely packed heads – these develop purplish-pink centers as the weather cools. Ornamental Kale is edible but will be more bitter than other cabbages and the colours fade when cooked (use as a garnish). Grows 8-12″ high by 12-18″ wide. Cool season annual.

Brassica oleracea ‘Maribor’ – Highly ruffled bluish-green foliage (with contrasting pinkish-purple veining) held in spiraled whorls makes this a unique variety. ‘Maribor’ eventually develops a bright pink center as autumn approaches. Ornamental Kale is also known as Ornamental Cabbage, even though they produce no proper heads. Grows 12-18″ high by 15″. Cool season annual.

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